Smokey Fontaine Steps Down As Editor-In-Chief Of America Magazine, Heads To Giant

Smokey Fontaine

stepped down as editor-in-chief of America magazine to fill the editor-in-chief

position of mens bi-monthly, Giant magazine.

America,

billed as the first-ever high-end Hip-Hop publication, was established in 2004

by Smokey Fontaine, an accomplished author and former editor at The Source.

The upscale quarterly

was intent on capitalizing on Hip-Hop’s lavish terrain and was immediately considered

"the world’s first urban luxury publication."

"I’m so proud to have fulfilled the dream of America. [It] competed

creatively with some of the finest magazines in the world," Fontaine told

AllHipHop.com. "Working with entertainment’s biggest artists was a real

privilege, because like Vanity Fair does for the wealthy elite, America showed

Hip-Hop at its best."

The New-York based magazine was an oversized publication, platinum-leafed and

extremely glossy, an attraction to those in the music industry.

Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Usher, Kanye West, Lenny Kravitz, Pharrell Williams,

Alicia Keys, R. Kelly and Sean "Diddy" Combs have all graced the cover.

America also covered actors, lifestyles, fashion, technology and other facets

for readers who "lust for the finer things in life."

Damon Dash, a former partner in Roc-A-Fella Records, bought into America

and Fontaine’s vision, but he and the journalist had a tumultuous relationship.

In September, police filed a report against Dash after he allegedly struck Fontaine

in a dispute about the magazine.

Now, Fontaine has

been hired as the new editor-in-chief of Giant, a mainstream publication

with a circulation of 300,000

"I appreciate all the overwhelming support shown to me over our six issues

and fifteen covers," Fontaine continued. "Now I move to Giant

and it’s time for the next big thing."

A veteran journalist, Fontaine has penned several books, including EARL:

The Autobiography of DMX. Dash, America’s co-CEO, was not available for

comment at press time.

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